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Welcome Message from Carol Jenkins
For more than 85 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
On my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of those who have joined us in this mission. In Baghdad, we’ve trained more than 2,300 Iraqi youth who are already giving back at home. In London, our partners in the TAAP Initiative strongly believe that we are all responsible to practice inclusion. And in Vermont, our Experiment in International Living and School for International Training participants prove every day that they have the tools and the determination to change the world.
Please join us in our pursuit of a more peaceful and just world.
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Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) is a five-year leadership development initiative designed to advance participatory governance and civic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Over a five-year period, LDF aims to support 230 emerging civil society leaders from the region by providing academic and skill-based training and connecting them with hundreds of program alumni. The program supports professionals who have a familiarity with the theoretical elements of participatory governance and civic systems, as well as practical experience.
For information on the the LDF Lebanon/Arabic Program please contact Chantal Souaid
For information on the the LDF U.S./English Program please contact Fouzia Bencheikh.
Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
- To support fellows in acquiring relevant skills to successfully implement initiatives to solve complex local, economic, environmental, political and social challenges affecting their community
The LDF program begins with four weeks of academic learning based in Lebanon for the Arabic language program, in partnership with the American University of Beirut (AUB), and in the U.S., for the English language program, in partnership with Duke University. Fellows spend those weeks completing practical coursework in theoretical areas of leadership, consensus-building, conflict resolution, communications, project management, advocacy, and participatory governance. Self-reflection assignments, one-on-one mentorships, and group discussions throughout the four-week process support fellows link their academic coursework to their program objectives and long-term professional goals.
Following the academic component, there is an eight-week practicum that continues in Beirut and Washington, DC. During the practicum, fellows are placed in organizations aligned with their interests. They are provided opportunities to apply their academic knowledge and their professional experience in a practical setting while working on projects for the organization with which they are placed. The practicum period is also a time for fellows to build networks across countries and the region, share resources and information, and collaborate on joint initiatives.